Friday, January 11, 2019

Former Guelph teacher pleads guilty to sex crimes involving former students

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A former College Heights Secondary School teacher has pled guilty to four sex-related charges, two of them involving a student.

Brian Hathway, 50, attended the Ontario Court of Justice on Wyndham Street on Wednesday morning and pled guilty to sexual assault and sexual exploitation — both counts involved a student under 18 years of age.

He pled guilty to sexual assault and communicating with a person for the purpose of obtaining sexual services. These charges involved two former students who were over the age of 18 at the time of the incidents.

A publication ban protects the identities of the victims from being released.

There were originally four reported victims and eight charges laid, but offences involving one victim were dismissed due to the unlikelihood of a conviction.

The court heard that between June 2016 and September 2017, a student went to Hathway’s house on multiple occasions (more than 10, less than 20). When he arrived, the victim was given alcohol, marijuana, money and expensive clothing by Hathway. Initially, these items were presented as gifts, but eventually the items were given with strings attached.  (more...)

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